Handel and Haydn Society bid farewell to Harry Christophers with ‘Creation’
The Handel and Haydn Society will present Haydn’s “The Creation” on April 29 and May 1 at Symphony Hall in Boston.
The showcase will represent the last performances of Harry Christophers as artistic director of the company. The performance will be performed by soprano Joélle Harvey, tenor Robert Murray and bass-baritone Matthew Brook.
Christophers was the artistic director of the Handel and Haydn Society for 13 seasons.
“It will be an emotional day when we finally say goodbye to Harry,” said David Snead, President and CEO of H+H, in an official press release. “He gave us so much leadership from the stage, but we know that Harry’s true legacy is the strong artistic foundation he has built through orchestra and choir. Our next artistic director will be able to carry on the tradition of musical excellence initiated by Harry.
“I can’t think of a better work than Haydn’s ‘Creation’ to take my final bow with H+H,” noted Christophers. “It reflects the wonder at the beauty of creation and creativity itself. This is exactly what we are constantly striving for at H+H. This magnificent “Creation” has to be one of my favorite works of all time; it is the one where our orchestra and our choir positively exude expression, charm and pure grandeur. I can’t wait.”